Germans becoming increasingly xenophobic, study finds


Protests in Germany over immegration

DW – June 15, 2016

A study by the University of Leipzig has revealed a growing suspicion and even hatred towards Muslims over the past two years. It found that Germans have also become increasingly skeptical of politics and the police.

The latest in a series of biennial surveys conducted by the university compared German attitudes, gauging xenophobia, anti-Semitism, sexism and the trivialization of Nazism.

Presented in Berlin on Wednesday by scientists Oliver Decker and Elmar Brähler, the research team found a significant increase in resentment towards Muslims and also a greater willingness of far-right fanatics to use violence, if necessary, to uphold their beliefs.